Nouméa has a great mix of coastal and inland picnic spots to make the most of your holiday. Gather your basket of gourmet food and wine, add a fresh baguette and shake out the picnic blanket. With plenty of beautiful places to enjoy your picnic, you'll get to take in beautiful sights and culinary treats, all in one.
While you can hire a boat or take one of the boat tours, an easy option is to take a water taxi out to Duck Island (L’île aux Canards). Just a very short distance from Anse Vata, the island is a favourite location for picnics and water sports, such as windsurfing. You can hire deck chairs and snorkel gear to explore and swim off lunch.
The many beaches around Nouméa make great spots to soak in the tropical atmosphere. To venture beyond the popular Anse Vata and Baie des Citrons, take the local bus or a taxi to Kuendu Beach in Nouville. A favourite with the locals, it’s a popular spot for picnics and a game of pétanque (bowling) on the sand.
For a more natural setting, the wonderful botanical gardens at the Zoological and Forest Park are just a short drive or stop by bus. Perched on the heights of Montravel, the Park has magnificent views and a pleasant walking track where you can see local plant and bird life.
If you want views, then why not head to nearby Ouen Toro, the peak adjacent to Anse Vata that offers sprawling views across Nouméa and out to the islands. Or if you have more time to spare, take an excursion south to Mont Dore, New Caledonia’s highest peak at 800 metres high with outstanding views of Nouméa’s lagoon.
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